KORU Bereavement Program

Grief Support Services for Children, Teens and their Families

Describing an uncurling fern, KORU is a Maori word used to symbolize new beginnings, growth and hope.

The KORU Hospice and Palliative Care Bereavement Program helps children and teens with the loss of a loved one by providing them and their families with a supportive and healing environment in which to grieve. Our suite of comprehensive family services encourages kids to participate in fun and creative activities that help them process their grief in healthy ways. Children who participate in KORU will also develop skills that nourish their strengths and learn positive ways of remembering their loved ones. 

In addition to the support that KORU program participants receive from VNSNY staff and volunteers, they'll also have the opportunity to meet and interact with other bereaved families.

KORU services include:

  • Individual and Family Couseling 
  • H.E.A.L. - Helping Each other After Loss
    Brings families together using the arts and play
  • "Through Your Eyes"
    A photography group for teens
  • Children's Support Group
    For kids age 12 and under
  • Pizza Nights
    Activities, conversation and pizza for the whole family
  • Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
    Age-appropriate films followed by discussion
  • Spousal/Partner Bereavement Group
    Meet with other parents who have lost a spouse/partner
  • Referrals
    Information about bereavement support services in the greater NYC area
  • Resource Materials
    Information for caregivers about children's and teen's unique grief needs
  • School Staff Training
    Offered to school personnel about loss and bereavement


For more information about KORU, contact: 

Michelle Hamilton, MHC, CT
Bereavement Counselor
VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care
Phone: (212) 609-6120